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Vientiane: Hosts Laos are set to play a crunch game against China after downing Mongolia 7-0 in their AFC U-23 Championship 2016 Group J qualifying tie at the National Sports Complex Stadium on Sunday.

The Laotians were ahead 2-0 at the break before adding five more goals after the interval to place themselves second in standings below China who had earlier defeated Singapore 5-0.

Khonesavanh Sihavong (32") and Sitthideth Khanthavong (45”) were all on target in the first period. The second half kicked into action and Khanthavong completed his double on 60 minutes before Tiny Boumalay (63”), Phoutthasay Khochalern (68”), Armisay Kettavong (84”) and Soukchinda Natphasouk (87”) added to the tally.

The decider between David Booth’s Laos and China will take place on Tuesday with Singapore and Mongolia playing for pride on the same day.

Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams from all groups will join hosts Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship 2016, with January’s 16-team competition also serving as Asia’s qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Photo: Phetphim Champasith